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Highlights
  • Visit all six trappist breweries in belgium
  • Indulge in delicious belgian cuisine
  • Explore quaint towns like bruges and rochefort
  • Learn about (and taste) rare beers and see the monasteries where they are made

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this eight-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. You’ll visit five Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium, explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Trip Description
Belgian Beer Tour
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Belgian Beer Tour

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Awesome! January 2017

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It was an awesome trip. After a week of running and taking trains around Rome, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre -- that week was a awesome break to just relax and enjoy the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at agriturismo and had farm-to-table meals every breakfast and every dinner.

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Well organised. Great guide December 2015

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Lots of fun.

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Great tour guide and overall service December 2015

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I had the most magical experience thank you. Especially so , spoilt by having the very best skipper Damir. Through Damir's local knowledge of the Island's, he was able to give us the best possible experience. If I was to go home tomorrow, (& my travel plans are, travelling for some months yet) I would be the happiest woman alive! I rate this adventure, the very best in my life time.Damir's caring thoughts of each & everyone of his passengers needs were to make this sailing trip very special to us all. Our safety & well being was paromount at all times, but always giving us the flexability also. I have already started spreading the word. Thank you so much G Adventures. Warmest regards, Vivienne Nye November 2015

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Fun, fun, wonderful fun. I learnt so much from Damir's wealth of knowledge

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The trip was well planned for maximum experiences, excellent guiding & a truly wonderful country to visit ! November 2015

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I felt that the trip provided a broad coverage of western Turkey - urban & rural, and a real sense of the history of the peoples living there over time - their influence & contribution to the culture & architecture still existing today.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Brussels

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: A note on the itinerary: Due to the nature of the Trappist brewing process, opportunities to visit the abbey, the breweries, and interact with the monks is based on the willingness of the abbey to open its doors to visitors and make an exception. We work very hard to bring as many of these behind-the-scenes experiences to fruition for our travellers, but we can't guarantee how much access we'll get. Be prepared to enjoy tasting the abbey-made beers at local cafés, which host visitors from all over the world looking for these exclusive drinks. We can guarantee we will visit five breweries in Belgium from the outside and experience these charming towns– enjoying their markets, castles, cafés, and delicacies– and will aim to gain as much access to the abbeys as the monks permit on any given day. It's all part of this delicious adventure! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Brussels (1B)

Belgium is know for many things, including fantastic cuisine. If the chocolate factory and Delirium beer hall only whet your appetite, opt for a beer walking tour before indulging in waffles, mussels, and 'frites'. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 3 Brussels/Rochefort (1B, 1L)

Travel by train and public bus to reach Rochefort in time for lunch. Head to the markets in this beautiful medieval town and collect some cheese, bread, meat, and local delicacies and enjoy a picnic with a Trappist beer. Brush up on your French as you chat with locals. See the church then enjoy a free afternoon with options like visiting the remains of a 2,000-year-old Gallo-Roman villa in the Archaeopark of Rochefort. Don't miss out on indulging in local Rochefort cheeses produced from a centuries-old recipe or some local cuisine like the giant meatball "gehaktbal", with "frites" and foie gras. Included Activities: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s))

Day 4 Rochefort/Bruges (1B, 1L)

Head to Orval for a visit to the abbey's visitor centre. Sample some beer and Trappist cheese here before continuing on to Chimay. Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay to try beer normally reserved for the monks. The abbey and main brewing centre are not open to the public, but there are still plenty of opportunities to sample the local goods. Arrive at Bruges in the evening and head out for an orientation walk around the town. Included Activities: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting Chimay Visit with Lunch and Tasting Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.75-2.25 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

Day 5 Bruges (1B, 1L)

With a free evening in enchanting Bruges, opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or choose to rent a bike (complete with guide) and head out around the city and surrounding countryside. Included Activities: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch

Day 6 Bruges/Antwerp (1B)

Take a private van to Antwerp, stopping for a visit to Westmalle en route. The abbey here is closed to visitors but we will enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten, with the option for lunch including tastes of Trappist meat and cheese. Continue on to Achel for the last official Trappist tasting of the trip. There is the opportunity to sample some Achel beer, though again, the abbey will be closed to visitors. Arrive in Antwerp in the late afternoon. Opt to wander around the city and get a feel for the place. Included Activities: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting Achel Visit with Beer Tasting Orientation Walk Transport: Stop along the way in Westmalle and Achel. Private Vehicle (100km)

Day 7 Antwerp (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Antwerp with the option to visit a local brewery by bike, check out some museums, or venture underground on an Antwerp sewer tour.

Day 8 Antwerp (1B)

Your CEO can help arrange transport back to Brussels airport.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 2,249

Price Per Day:

$ 281 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Hands-on: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting
  • Rochefort Hands-on: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting
  • Abbaye d'Orval Hands-on: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch
  • Bruges Hands-on: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting
  • Westmalle Hands-on: Achel Visit with Beer Tasting
  • Achel
  • Brussels orientation walk
  • Bruges orientation walk
  • Antwerp orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, public bus, private van/bus.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 14, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Solo travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Should you prefer your own room for the entire tour, you can add the 'My Own Room' option for an additional cost.
Accomodations
Hotels (7 nts).
Start City
Brussels
End City
Antwerp
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

INTERIOR ACCESS Most abbey interiors and breweries are closed to visitors. It can be hit or miss as to how much we're permitted to see of the abbeys or the brewing process but we have insiders on the ground working to provide the most in depth experience possible. We will experience the exteriors of all the monasteries and sample beers produced from each abbey. Be prepared to be flexible and hope for the best!

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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